Thursday, March 15, 2012

The fascinating story of Mishka Babichef & the Babichef family: Russian documentary

Mischka Babichef along with Asfaw Ali was the First Ethiopian trained as Air Force Pilot. He was born to Ivan Babichef a Russian emigre officer who was married to an Ethiopian woman. His sister was married to member of Ethiopian nobility. This documentary is in Russian broadcasted in one of Russian TV channels. It starts with the following translated text:
Ethiopia saw the face of Nazism first: in 1935, when the country was invaded by Italian troops. Air Force Commander of Ethiopia at those times was Russian pilot Mikhail Ivanovich Babichev. After 75 years the first time we can talk about Ethiopia as Russian unknown ally in the Second World War.

More translated text to follow.